Shock over teacher’s murder
A pre-school teacher was shot about the body multiple times with a shotgun by a lone gunman on Sunday night, leaving her school community in a state of shock and her family devastated.
Students and teachers of Uriah McPhee Primary School underwent counselling yesterday as news of the killing set in.
According to police, Denise Adderley, 39, of Chippingham, was at Texaco Service Station on Wulff Road and Kemp Roads when she was shot.
Adderley died on the scene, bringing the murder count up to three for the year.
Assistant Commissioner Hulan Hanna said a police officer was at the station at the time of the shooting and quickly moved into action.
He said the officer observed a taxi bus pull away from the station at a high rate of speed seconds after the shooting.
According to Hanna, that’s when the officer noticed a female with multiple gunshot injuries to the upper body slumped in the driver’s seat of a car that was parked next to the spot where the taxi was. The officer then called for back-up, said Hanna. Police intercepted the taxi in Monastery Park a short time later, he added.
A man was arrested and a shotgun seized, according to police.
News of Adderley’s death left the entire Uriah McPhee school in mourning, according to the school’s principal Loretta Smith.
Officials closed school early when it became evident that the murder was too much for some to bear.
“It’s such a tragedy that this happened,”Smith said.”The school is in shock.”
Several teachers were counseled and comforted by officials from the Ministry of Education and pastors yesterday morning.
Smith said the teachers in the pre-school unit took the news particularly hard.
Primary teacher Raquel Symonette said Adderley was a close friend and they had been colleagues for 14 years.
“She was a phenomenal person…a very peculiar person. We did a lot of things together,”said Symonette, adding that Adderley had appeared happy for the first time in a long time in the days before she was killed.
Symonette offered her condolences to Adderley’s family, particularly her four-year-old daughter Jade.
Pastor Dale Moss and Bishop Ross Davis were among those at the school yesterday offering condolences and spreading a message of hope.
Davis said the pastors went to the school to show that they care and to support the school body during its time of grief.
Adderley’s grief-stricken mother had no comment when approached byThe Nassau Guardianyesterday.
Hanna said police expect to charge someone in connection with the murder by the end of the week.